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Hope From on High: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.18.13 |

Mount

Readings:
Exodus 17:8-13
Psalm 121:1-8
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8

The Lord is our guardian, beside us at our right hand, interceding for us in all our spiritual battles.

In today’s Psalm we’re told to lift our eyes to the mountains, that our help will come from Mount Zion and the Temple - the dwelling of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

Joshua and the Israelites, in today’s First Reading,…  [Continue Reading]

Returning Thanks: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.11.13 |

Grateful leper

Readings:
2 Kings 5:14-17
Psalm 98:1-4
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19

A foreign leper is cleansed and in thanksgiving returns to offer homage to the God of Israel. We hear this same story in both the First Reading and Gospel today.

There were many lepers in Israel in Elisha’s time, but only Naaman the Syrian trusted in God’s Word and was cleansed (see Luke 5:12-14). Today’s Gospel likewise implies…  [Continue Reading]

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A Radical Sabbatical

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.03.13 |

The word sabbatical comes from the biblical Sabbath — the seventh day of creation, when God rested from his labors. The Sabbath was, ever afterward, the weekly holy day when Israel imitated God by refraining from work.

Last month I began a sabbatical year, a break from my ordinary labors at the university. But it’s not a vacation. It is, rather, a year of freedom to do work that is usually difficult…  [Continue Reading]

A Great Chasm: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.27.13 |

Rich Man

Amos 6:1, 4-7
Psalm 146:7-10
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

The rich and powerful are visited with woe and exile in today’s Liturgy - not for their wealth but for their refusal to share it; not for their power but for their indifference to the suffering at their door.

The complacent leaders in today’s First Reading feast on fine foods and wines, reveling while the house of Joseph, the kingdom of…  [Continue Reading]

Prudent Stewards: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.20.13 |

Jesus Preaching 2

Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

The steward in today’s Gospel confronts the reality that he can’t go on living the way he has been. He is under judgment, must give account for what he has done.

The exploiters of the poor in today’s First Reading are also about to be pulled down, thrust from their stations (see Isaiah 22:19). Servants of mammon or money, they’re so in…  [Continue Reading]

Seeking the Lost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.13.13 |

Lost Sheep

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10

The episode in today’s First Reading has been called “Israel’s original sin.” Freed from bondage, born as a people of God in the covenant at Sinai, Israel turned aside from His ways, fell to worshipping a golden calf.

Moses implores God’s mercy, as Jesus will later intercede for the whole human race, as He still pleads…  [Continue Reading]

Counting the Cost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.06.13 |

Suffering Servant

Wisdom 9:13-18
Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17
Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

Like a king making ready for battle or a contractor about to build a tower, we have to count the cost as we set out to follow Jesus.

Our Lord today is telling us upfront the sacrifice it will take. His words aren’t addressed to His chosen few, the Twelve, but rather to the “great crowds” - to “anyone,” to “whoever” wishes to be…  [Continue Reading]

To Go Up Higher: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.30.13 |

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Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-7,10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14

We come to the wedding banquet of heaven by way of humility and charity. This is the fatherly instruction we hear in today’s First Reading, and the message of today’s Gospel.

Jesus is not talking simply about good table manners. He is revealing the way of the kingdom, in which the one who would be greatest would be…  [Continue Reading]


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